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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Do You Know What’s Eating Up Your Data Plan?

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Are you familiar with how much mobile data you use on a monthly basis? If not, then you’re not alone. Nearly 50% of people have no idea how much data they use each month on their smartphone. That’s why we found this infographic from Xigo particularly helpful in understanding how our typical online activities impact our monthly data limit (they’re a lot more bandwidth intensive than we imagined). Continue reading

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Will Google Drive (or Dropbox or Spotify or Hulu) Destroy Your Cellphone Bill?


If your cellphone provider is putting you on a data diet, what good is an inordinate amount of storage in the cloud? How useful are services like Spotify, Pandora, Hulu or Netflix on your phone if Verizon or AT&T make it ridiculously expensive to use on a regular basis or severely restrict your throughput once your “unlimited” account hits a data threshold? What are your data management strategies for using the cloud services you want to use without penalty? Continue reading

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Introducing: The New Generation of Online Music Services for iPhone Users


Make room Pandora, Last.fm and Spotify! According to this Mashable article, there are some new online music services in town and they’re tailored for specific scenarios and preferences for a more personalized experience. Have you tried any of these iPhone music apps and if so, what’s your verdict? Audiogalaxy Mobile (free): “…gives you cloud-based access to your entire music library without the need for syncing your phone or worrying about space.” sir Sampleton ($2.99): “…lets you do everything from recording or changing sounds to mixing beats, adding vibrato, and even saving recordings…fun way for both novices and more seasoned beat masters to get their groove on.” ooTunes Radio ($4.99): “Compiling audio from more than 30,000 streams in 150 countries, ooTunes Radio lets you create the exact playlist you want and gives you the chance to listen to radio shows from around the world.” Earworms ($0.99): “…use Earworms to send an audio clip to someone in the hopes that it’ll stick. This fun app features 20 songs; all you have to do is pick which one you want and email it.” SoundHound ($4.99): “Recognizes a user humming or singing a tune and will pull up all the relevant matches it finds.”

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Rocking With My Roku


Recently, my voracious appetite for movies led me to discover Roku, a streaming player that allows me access to a world wide web library of movies, shows, music, videos, podcasts, games, and more. I’ve only had the Roku player for five days but I already know: it’s my #1 recommendation for a gadget gift this holiday season. (I am not affiliated in any way with the company other than as a customer.) Here’s the high-level: Cost: $59/$79/$99. Click here to compare the three different models (I went for it with the $99 model) Includes: Roku streaming player (4.9 x 4.9 x 1.2 inches; roughly the size and weight of a paperback book), HDMI cable, composite AV cable, remote control and batteries, power adapter Required: television, high-speed Internet, e.g., Wi-Fi Setting up the Roku player was easy: the HDMI/AV cable connects the Roku and the television, and the power adapter connects the Roku to the electrical socket in the wall. Just power on and select the Wi-Fi connection; no special software involved. Next, I did a tour of the default channels: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. To access the shows and music on those channels, I had to validate

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In Your Ear With Alex Asseily


When he was five, Alexander Asseily fled Beirut with his family to escape the bombs. Since then, the thirty-four year-old co-founder and chairman of Aliph returns frequently to his homeland. When he talks about Beirut, there’s no mistaking the vivacity in his voice. Something else about Alexander’s voice? He’s got a British accent, acquired while growing up in London, where he briefly flirted with break dancing and, later during his teenage years, discovered the art of sculpting. At eighteen, Alexander made his next move: to college in California. There, our future headset hero could have chosen a very different path after starring in a short film project with Fred Savage (their costumes: disco gear). We know what Alexander did instead: along with college pal Hosain Rahman, he co-founded Aliph, maker of Jawbone headsets. Read my interview with the gracious Lebanese British gentleman, Alexander Asseily. What is the meaning of your company’s name, “Aliph?” The name Aliph is the first letter of the Arabic and Hebrew alphabets. What’s the most you’ve traveled within the period of a year? In 2006, when we were developing the first Jawbone Bluetooth headset, I circled the globe – between San Francisco, Hong Kong and London

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10 iPhone Apps to Ease the Holiday Stress And Maintain Good Cheer


With over 100,000 apps in the iTunes App Store, it’s no wonder there are so many “Best of” lists out there. Not all are interesting or helpful. But Megan Berry, a contributor for Mashable, recently shared a fantastic iPhone app list that you may find helpful for easing holiday stress and maintaining good cheer. I’m personally a big fan of GasBag, Movies, and Pandora. Flightcaster ($7.99): Gives you current flight status and predicts the likelihood that your flight will be delayed. GasBag (free): Helps you find the cheapest gas station. ShopSavvy (free): Allows you to scan the barcode of store items and compare prices online from nearby retailers. Yowza Mobile Coupons (free): Lists coupon deals for stores within a specified mile radius from your location. Grocery IQ ($0.99): Allows you to create a grocery list organized by aisle or store. Epicurious (free): Provides 25,000 holiday recipes with step-by-step mode. Movies (free): Lists movies currently playing near you. Includes reviews and show times. Goofy Mad Libs (free/$3.99): Keep the kids entertained with this classic game. Mixology (free): Provides 8,000 drink recipes categorized by liquor type or name. Includes bartending tips and techniques. Pandora (free): Select a song or genre and leave